Police uses pepper gas against Anganwadi workers outside Civil Secretariat

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‘Every successive regime made broken promises with us’

Srinagar: Police on Thursday used pepper gas canister to disperse the Angnawadi workers who are on strike from past several weeks, demanding enhancement of their monthly honorarium, at par with the states in India.

The Anganwadi workers earlier assembled here at Pratap Park and later marched towards the civil Secretariat here to press the government over their demands.

The protesting women amid anti-government slogans reached the Civil Secretariat. They later held a sit-in outside the secretariat and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.

The Anganwadi workers said that the government is turning a blind eye over their plights. “It is unfortunate that the government doesn’t bother to take any appropriate step for the well being of workers,” one of the workers said.

“We are serving the department with dedication and honesty but the government is turning their eye blind towards our plights,” they said, adding that the government should have increased the monthly honorarium of the workers upto Rs 14000 per month.

The protesters said that the government has assured them several times that their genuine demands will be fulfilled soon, but unfortunately all the promises and assurances proved to be a hoax.

“Every successive regime has failed to fulfill its promises done with the Anganwadi workers,” they said, adding that the government should take immediate steps in this regard to put an immediate end to the sufferings of people.

The police used pepper gas canister to disperse the protesting workers.


(With inputs from KNS)

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